Wide receiver Darius Slayton, the New York Giants’ leading receiver in 2022, will be back for a fifth season in East Rutherford.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo was first with the news.
The #Giants have agreed to terms to re-sign WR Darius Slayton, sources tell me and @RapSheet. The 2019 fifth-round pick returns to East Rutherford after a bounce-back season (46 catches for 724 yards).— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 16, 2023
The Darius Slayton vs. Darius Slay matchup stays in the NFC East after all. pic.twitter.com/TFzRVRkvHA
Garafolo is also reporting that Slayton will get a two-year deal with a $12 million base value and incentives that could bring the deal to $16.5 million.
A fifth-round pick in 2019, Slayton wasn’t even a lock to make the roster before the 2022 season began. Slayton took a pay cut to the league minimum just to stick around.
But after the Giants’ top receiving threats began disappearing — Sterling Shepard and Wan’Dale Robinson both suffered ACL tears, and Kadarius Toney was traded — Slayton ended up leading the team with 724 receiving yards. He had 46 receptions and two touchdowns, despite not being targeted the first three games of the season.
Slayton also had more than 700 receiving yards in 2019 and 2020.
But it looks like no one is as happy about Slayton’s return as the man himself:
Though Slayton is sticking around, the Giants’ receiving room has undergone a makeover this week. New York traded a third-round pick for tight end Darren Waller, released Kenny Golladay, and signed Parris Campbell and Jeff Smith. They could still look to address the position in the draft or the remainder of free agency.